Ontario Congress and Trade Centre, Toronto (1978-1981)
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  • John Cresswell Parkin (archive creator)

Ontario Congress and Trade Centre, Toronto (1978-1981)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • Approximately 117 drawings (including 84 reprographic copies)
    21 photographs
    0.58 l.m. of textual records
Scope and content:
This project series documents the Ontario Congress and Trade Centre in Toronto from 1978-1980. The office identified the project number as 7807.

This project consisted of the investigation of building a congress and trade centre on Front Street West. The project proposed a 519,500 square foot building with a 200,000 square foot exhibition hall that could be divided for smaller events. The building would also contain a multiuse hall, theatres, meeting rooms, offices, food and beverage facilities, and a 1300 car parking area. The project was proposed to cost around $73 million. The project is also referred to as the Toronto Convention Centre or Ontario Convention Centre. The majority of the textual documentation shows the controversial debate over whether the centre should be built, including numerous press clippings that highlight the issue. It should be noted that Congress Centre and Convention Centre are used interchangeably in the materials. Eventually, this project contract was given to another architectural firm and today is known as the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre.

The project is recorded through drawings and textual records dating from 1976-1981. The drawings largely show designs for the proposed building and site plans. The textual records include correspondence, meeting minutes, interoffice memos, project proposals, feasibility reports, press clippings on the project and on other convention centres, research documentation on other convention centres, documentation on a proposed hotel to be built on the centre and promotional materials.
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Material from this project series have been kept in their original order and/or arranged by material type.

Toronto Ontario Canada

Related units of description:
  • Records for related projects are also included in this fonds, see: AP018.S1.1972.PR02, Convention Centre for Metropolitan Toronto, Feasibility Study, Toronto.

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